Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Areas of Study

Three students, a professor, and a horse ready for a nutrition study

Students in the Animal Science Department have the option to choose one of the following Career Elective Areas:


Through the use of Cal Poly’s extensive rangelands, irrigated pastures, housing and handling structures, as well as laboratory and research facilities, students experientially learn about the different areas of study. This learn-by-doing education gives students opportunities not only to work closely with animals, but also their professors. Because the Animal Science major incorporates a vast assortment of interests, the curriculum is very flexible to work with students’ career goals.


Horse, microscope, pig, test tube, tortoise, flask, and chicken

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